ENGLISH 9 SUMMER READING DIRECTIONS: To complete the summer reading successfully, you should read the texts in the following order: 1) Haroun and the Sea of Stories 2) Lord of the Flies 3) Peter Pan The summer reading questions build on each other, and the final set on Peter Pan, asks you to make connections between all three books, so be sure to read the novels and answer the questions in the correct order. Please have the responses to the questions ready to submit to your teacher on the first day of class. Please do not refer to Spark Notes or any online or printed study guide in answering the questions. Use of such materials violates the honor code.
SUMMER READING TEXT #2—LORD OF THE FLIES Directions: The summer reading questions for Lord of the Flies have multiple parts. Please answer each question as fully as possible. Remember, Lord of the Flies is the second summer reading text. Reading the texts in the prescribed order will allow you to create connections more effectively among the three texts. Please have the typed questions ready to submit to your teacher on the first day of class. 1. A symbol can be defined as a person, place, or thing that represents something more than its literal meaning. In The Lord of the Flies, what does the conch symbolize? The fire? Piggy’s glasses? The Lord of the Flies (pig’s head on a stick)? Use evidence from the text to support your analysis. 2. In chapter eight, Simon climbs the mountain alone and meets the Lord of the Flies face-‐to-‐face. In the conversation they (Simon and the Lord of the Flies) have, the pig’s head on a stick says, “You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you? Close, close, close! I’m the reason why it’s no go? Why things are what they are…You know perfectly well you’ll only meet me down there—so don’t try to escape!” (143). In the novel, The Lord of the Flies, what is the true beast that Simon is unable to verbally define? 3. An allegory is a story in which characters, setting, objects, and plot stand for a meaning outside of the story itself. For example, Animal Farm is argued to be an allegory of Communism. Explain how The Lord of the Flies is an allegory. Use evidence from the text to support your claim.
4. The characters’ loss of identity is a predominant theme of the book. What is the significance of the camouflage paint that Jack puts on? How does it affect his personality? Why will it make him a better hunter? In what ways does it hide his personality? In what ways does it reveal his personality? How does Jack’s use of camouflage paint symbolize a loss of identity? 5. The littluns emerge quickly as a group of children distinctly separate from the others. What is their role in the novel? What do they represent? 6. At the close of the novel the British Navy rescues the boys. Now, after all they have experienced on the island, is true rescue even possible?